Despite a 12-2 finish, an ACC conference title, and a spot in the College Football Playoffs, returning starter Kelly Bryant’s job as the starting quarterback for the Clemson Tigers is anything but safe, and the reason for that is none other than incoming freshman Trevor Lawrence. The Georgia native was the number one ranked high school quarterback in the class of 2018 and has put immediate pressure on Bryant for the starting spot. Despite his clear talent, Clemson is sticking with their man, for now at least. On the team’s depth chart released back in May, Coach Swinney has Bryant listed as the team’s starter with Lawrence listed as the backup.
Regardless of how long it takes, most fans expect to see Lawrence at the helm soon enough, especially after quite the impressive Spring game in which he threw for 122 yards, including a 50-yard missile to Tee Higgins for a touchdown. Bryant, on the other hand, threw for just 35-yards.
Starter or not, here is a little more background information on the long-haired QB from Georgia.
High School Career: Cartersville High School (Cartersville, GA)
To put it simply, Trevor Lawrence was the number one ranked quarterback coming out of high school for a reason. The reason is that his numbers were absolutely off the walls. Not only was he a starter from the third game of his freshman year on, and not only did he lead his team to a 52-2 record in that time, which included four regional titles, and two state titles, but the numbers he put up during that time were unbelievable.
Lawrence finished his high school career with 13,908 passing yards, 161 touchdowns, and just 21 interceptions. In his 12-game senior year, he threw for 3,396 yards, 41 touchdowns, and only 1 interception. If that’s not enough, he tacked on 200 more yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground.
During his time in high school, Lawrence was named First-Team All-State as a sophomore, junior, and senior, Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior and a senior, a US Army-All America Game participant, as well as US Army Player of the Year.
College Career: Clemson
Lawrence has been a star since he stepped foot on Clemson’s campus. Fans have been petitioning for him to be named the starter for months now, and despite last year’s quarterback Kelly Bryant doing everything in his power to avoid that, it seems like it is only a matter of time.
Despite Bryant having an extremely successful 2017 season, fans and critics alike feel the team would be in a better position to succeed with Lawrence who clearly appears to have more arm talent than the run-first dual-threat quarterback that is Kelly Bryant.
As previously mentioned, while it appears Bryant will be the starter on week one, Lawrence has already begun to put the pressure on after a big Spring Game in which he completed 11 of 16 passes for 122 yards and an impressive 50-yard touchdown pass. Bryant, on the other hand, was 8 of 15 for just 35 yards. Regardless of how long it takes for Lawrence to claim the starting spot, his will surely be a name you’ll be hearing on Saturdays for a long time, or at least until you start hearing it on Sundays that is.